Innamorato announces $40,000-plus for local fire departments

Grants can be used for equipment, training or other needs

LAWRENCEVILLE, Jan. 30 – Three area fire companies are receiving more than $40,000 in state grant funding to help purchase equipment, maintain their facilities and train first responders, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today.

"Our first responders put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. I'm proud to have helped secure this funding, which helps relieve the fundraising burden, but we need to do more,” Innamorato said. “Let’s ensure our volunteers have the resources they need.”

The grants awarded were:

  • Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department - $12,878
  • Etna Volunteer Fire Co. - $14,248
  • Millvale Volunteer Fire Co. - $13,015

Earlier this year Innamorato also voted to support a bipartisan effort to enact sweeping legislation to support volunteer fire and EMS agencies as they combat a critical volunteer shortage across the state.

The package of 23 bills included legislation that would enact tuition assistance and loan forgiveness, as well as increase access to mental health care for volunteer first responders who suffer from trauma.

The grants awarded Friday are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, and can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.